Buyer's Guide: 2015 Kia Sportage

By Editors on December 3, 2014 7:50 AM

Sporty indeed, and stylish too

In a category dominated by me-too metal and derivative drivetrains, Kia's Sportage stands out for both what's under the hood (two 4-cylinder engines, including one boasting 260 turbocharged horses) and the hood itself. The Sportage serves as a forceful design statement from this manufacturer. And much like with Kia's midsize Optima sedan, buyers have taken notice. The Kia Sportage is smaller inside and out than many of its competitors, which can be either a strength or a shortcoming depending on your situation.

Driving It 

"The Kia Sportage comes in two flavors: competitive and aggressive. The standard 2.4-liter engine delivers 182 horsepower, and it's easily competitive with the standard engines you'll find in a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, or many other compact SUVs. What you won't find is anything quite like the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and its 260 horsepower, which turns the Sportage into the class jock." Find out more in our 2015 Kia Sportage full review.

Build and Price

Like most entries in the compact SUV segment, the marketers seduce the consumer with a low starting point on a base model -- and then quickly add another $10,000 in available trim levels, options, packages and accessories. That entry-level Sportage LX, priced around $22,000, is -- to its credit -- comfortably equipped. But you can also spend over $33K for an all-wheel drive Sportage SX. Build and price your own 2015 Kia Sportage to unlock its here at to find out how much yours would cost.

The Journey of 100,000 miles

Along with its Hyundai Tucson corporate cousin, the Kia Sportage has the best warranty in the segment: a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. But its more peace of mind than practical, because the latest Sportage has so far proven well-built and reliable.

Consumer Reviews

As might be expected, Kia's Sportage SX -- with a 260-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine  -- constitutes a real difference in the compact SUV category, as at least one owner has suggested: "The SX turbo is awesome and a blast to drive. The sport handling is better also than the EX. The bottom line is that this car rocks and has all you need, inside and out, with exhilarating performance." Read more Kia Sportage consumer reviews.

More Compact SUVs

The sporty and stylish Kia Sportage is but one of a dozen or so compact SUVs available for your consideration, many of them roomier and more comfort-oriented. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.